Updates coming soon!
Classes will meet weekly at Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.
Shakori Hills Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) is open to all 4th-7th grade students, regardless of district or schooling status, so long as you can get your child to the classes.
Registration is now open, with first preference given to returning students.
Virginia Ryan is the program coordinator. Fiddle is taught by Lex Handley and Ann Drake; guitar by Brian Moyer and Annette Meredith; mandolin by Alex Meredith and Ann Drake; and banjo by Krista LeClair.
Special enrichment programs are offered throughout the session and with enough interest, we would love to add dance and summer enrichment programs.
Students are welcome to bring their own instruments, but loaner instruments are also available to take home.
Cost & Donations
Cost is based on financial need. Families qualifying for free lunch/reduced lunch pay $4 per week. All other students pay $12/week. A few scholarships are available.
Your support of JAM is needed! All donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support those students who might not otherwise have this unique opportunity. Please get in touch if you have questions or are interested in participating or supporting this program!
Questions? Send us an email at email@example.com or call 919-542-1746.
Shakori Hills JAM History
JAM is a longstanding NC program whose mission is to provide communities the tools and support they need to teach children to play and dance to string band music. JAM’s philosophy is that children who are actively engaged in traditional music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations.
Utilizing donated instruments, and some provided by JAM, Inc., students met at Silk Hope Elementary in April, 2017 for the inaugural group classes in fiddle, dance, guitar, mandolin, singing and playing together as a group. Most of the students had never held an instrument, but they were enthusiastic about learning to play.
Through practice, family involvement, and community support, the students came together as a band and performed two songs at the 2017 Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance.
It has become a tradition for the JAM students to perform at Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival every spring and fall in a celebration of all their hard work and dedication to Appalachian music.